June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
Mr. Hushmand Fatheazam, former member of the Universal House of Justice, passed away in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 89 on August 13th, 2013 — five years ago today. I think it would be impossible for me to sum up his vast accomplishments, or describe in detail the brilliance of his character. Instead, I’d like to share what the Universal House of Justice sent to all National Spiritual Assemblies following his passing:
We have learned, with profound sadness, of the passing of our dearly cherished, greatly esteemed former colleague Hushmand Fatheazam. Tenderness of spirit, profound knowledge, noble humility, and tireless endeavour characterized his highly valued services rendered over the course of many decades, whether as a member of the Universal House of Justice for forty years beginning in 1963, as Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of India, or as an enkindled pioneer, avid proponent of teaching among the masses, and inspired author. His wholehearted and resolute defence of the community of the Greatest Name was unwavering, and his determination in the face of adversity unyielding. Gifted with a unique eloquence in Persian prose and verse, he leaves a remarkable legacy of deploying the power of that language in service to the Cause. Beyond a distinguished record of consecrated exertion in the path of the Blessed Beauty, he will also be remembered for his manifold outstanding personal qualities, for his delightful humour, and for his kindly and radiant heart that exuded an all-embracing love.
We extend our deep condolences to his dear wife, Shafiqih, and to his bereaved sons and other family members and assure them of our ardent supplications at the Sacred Threshold that his illumined soul may reap a rich reward in the Abha Kingdom. The friends throughout the world are called upon to hold memorial meetings in his honour, including befitting commemorative gatherings in all Houses of Worship.
This video, produced by KDK Factory, features Fariborz Sahba, a world-renown architect well known for his design of the Baha’i House of Worship in India (often referred to as the Lotus Temple).
Fariborz Sahba shares his recollections of working with Mr. Fatheazam. He talks about collaborating with Mr. Fatheazam on designing and implementing that design for the Lotus Temple, he provides examples of his service and devotion, his love for India, some stories about his family and some events of his life.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.